Money can’t buy you love and money can’t buy you happiness, but the latest theory is that with a little money, you can share happiness. It seems that if you are already happy, then you can share that happiness for a little as one dollar. I read this on a giant sign just off the highway. It must have been a public service advertisement because their was nothing else on the sign except the picture of a soft drink. What a philanthropic sponsor. They weren’t even willing to share their identity.
When I read this latest idea about money and happiness, I was overcome with guilt. I am a happy person and, on occasion, I do find myself in possession of a dollar. Everyone wants happiness, I have it, and I have now be made aware of my selfishness by not sharing it
So I have some ideas to make up for the error of my ways. Let’s say I’m stopped for speeding. Now I’m certain police officers are generally happy people, but I don’t ever see them smiling on the job. Not once have I been stopped and been told by an officer, “Step out of your vehicle son and show me what engine you’ve got under the hood. I almost didn’t catch you. What a rush.” They are always somber. So I think I will try to share some happiness with the officer. When he asks for my license, I will give him dollar…and I will smile. Sharing happiness. That’s the new me.
My daughter’s birthday is coming up and I am excited about this test. I think it has real potential. “Happy Birthday Sweetie”, I will say as I give her the dollar…and I will smile. Of course, I will give her quarters so she can tell her friends her daddy gave her four gifts, well five including the smile. Kids are all about volume. She will be so happy.
This sharing happiness could catch on like the colorful rubber bands you buy for your wrist that have stopped people from losing their balance. Before these rubber bands were discovered, it was really difficult to shop in the mall or spend quiet time at the library because of all the people stumbling, falling and running into each other. Now if I’m the owner of a bar, I’m giving these things to everyone who walks in my place. Think of the money I can make if people can drink and never lose their balance. One rubber band for each wrist and and a rubber headband for everyone too…
Lately, I have been trying to share my happiness with my girlfriend and, so far, with only limited success. Now I have the answer. This time when she says, “What are we doing tonight baby?” I am going to give her a dollar and say, I want to share my happiness with you, honey”…and I will smile.
All this typing is making me thirsty. I wonder what I should drink?
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